Volunteers Maintaining the Largest Public Dahlia Display Garden on the East Coast | Based at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum in Great River, NY
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First Show - Saturday & Sunday on Labor Day Weekend, September 3 & 4, 2016
Second Show - Saturday & Sunday on Columbus Day Weekend, October 8 & 9, 2016
Dahlia Show - Lower Carriage House
Open to the public Saturday at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Entering the Dahlia Competition? Download the Court of Honor and Rules package
Photo Show - Upper Carriage House (September Show Only)
Open to the public Saturday at 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM and Sunday 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
See the 2016 Photo Contest page for the rules and registration package
What to expect
The Long Island Dahlia Society is hosting two dahlia competitions and awards prizes and ribbons to the very best dahlias. Dahlias growers come from all parts of the east coast to compete and display their flowers. You will see hundreds of dahlias in a wide variety of forms, sizes, and colors. The show is located in the Carriage House which is a short walk through a from the main Arboretum parking lot and winds through the beautiful pathways of the Arboretum.
In the Upper Carriage House you will see the Photo Competition, this show features photos of dahlias in a wide variety of categories and skill levels. See which photos won the top prizes. Like to take pictures? Consider entering the competition, see the rules for details.
Want to see even more dahlias?
The William Wolkoff Garden (shown in the photo above and located on the grounds of the Arboretum) is maintained by LIDS volunteers and features over 1,000 dahlias. It is a beautiful garden with lovely covered benches to sit and enjoy the views. You will see many photographers and artists capturing the beauty of the dahlias. The colors deepen as fall approaches and the dahlias will bloom until frost Look for the hummingbirds who feed at the trumpet vines and a wide variety of butterflies visiting the dahlia blooms. Follow the signs to the Wolkoff Garden.
Interested in growing your own dahlias?
LIDS can help! We are an all volunteer organization which promotes the love and cultivation of dahlias. Our monthly meetings are open to the public and we discuss dahlia care through the seasons. We can show you what a dahlia tuber is, how to plant and care for dahlias, and even how to show your dahlias at a competition. While you are visiting the Arboretum, please reach out to any LIDS volunteer for more information or to answer your questions.
Each Saturday during the dahlia season (typically late March to November, unless otherwise notified) our volunteers meet at 9:00 AM at the William Wolkoff Dahlia Garden in Bayard Cutting Arboretum.
Under the leadership of the Garden Director Joe Lysik, our volunteers support the garden by preparing the tubers for planting, maintaining the garden during the bloom times, through the digging up the tubers at the end of season, this is a hands-on learning experience, all are welcome.
Work in the garden is followed by coffee and cake at 11:00 am.